Tutor Group 1 Summer Term 2019

April 2019 Summer Term

Dear parents and carers,

We are all happy to be back together again after the Easter Holidays. All refreshed and ready for a great new term.

Communication is key for the children in our class. We use Makaton signs throughout the day and objects of reference when the children are going to move somewhere else. I have been on the advanced TaSSeLs course so I will be fully implementing this into class over the summer term. TaSSeLs (Tactile Signing for Sensory Learners) is a system of touch-speech cues to promote effective communication with people with profound and complex learning disabilities, some of whom may have a visual impairment.

Our topic is The Brilliant Bug Ball. We have 2 stories this term: For the first half we are exploring Snail Trail by Ruth Brown and for the second half we are going to have fun with Superworm by Julia Donaldson.

We will be doing a lot of sensory exploration feeling some habitats where we might find insects and even feeling some real bugs brought into school by The Bug Man. We will create lots of art linked to our stories and other insects such as worms made by stuffing tights with paper and beautiful printed butterflies. We will go on adventures around our school grounds and the local area either looking for or pretending to be insects.

Towards the end of term we will all come together to have a Brilliant Bug Ball which will involve making costumes, cooking food for the party and creating or listening to music. We will also have our International evening this term.

We will continue to play lots of anticipation games including songs about spiders, ants and butterflies - Where is the butterfly going to land? We will also carry on with our regular music and PE sessions including swimming at the primary school.

We work closely with the multi-disciplinary team including the Speech and Language Therapists, the Physiotherapists and the Occupational Therapists to create the best learning journeys for your children.

We are really looking forward to this coming Summer term and I look forward to meeting you all for our next IEPs to discuss how well your children are doing.

Communication is fundamental to the home/school relationship and we ask that you use the home/school book as necessary.  This includes noting down the times when paracetamol may have been given or whether your child has had any difficulties throughout the night.  All medication request forms will be in the home/school books and require immediate action.  

Yours sincerely, 

Lucy Brunnen

Class teacher TG1